Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 297*
  • Course Code SG249
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

This innovative programme focuses on developing writing skills over the course of three years. Students embark upon a range of writing covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, flash fiction, cultural journalism and other forms of writing.

Coursework is anchored by a detailed study of English Literature, Drama and Film as well as digital media, providing the critical context and the skills required of a writer in the digital age. The programme is delivered through interactive workshops, seminars and field trips.

Visiting lecturers such as novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, editors, agents and publishers, will teach and give seminars and talks. Students will develop a portfolio of writing, will collaborate on creative projects including film and performance and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for creative and professional practice.


We aim to expose students to different forms of literature and create the space for freedom of expression, allowing the student to graduate with a diverse, extensive portfolio and a clear writing and literary voice.

The BA in Writing & Literature will prepare graduates for professional careers in publishing, copyediting, journalism, entertainment, marketing, public relations, communications management, and teaching.

Students are given a foundation in literature, drama and writing practice, including digital media. The writing and practice modules focus on writing basics and short-form writing. 

Students study film, video production, playwriting and explore the major literary and cultural movements of the 20th century and their impact on the development of narrative forms. 

Students focus on professional practice and building a portfolio of work. They also look at the contemporary Irish literary and publishing scene. Modules include contemporary Irish theatre, writing, the novel and publishing. 

“This is a milestone for Sligo and the North West” - Dr Una Mannion, Programme Chair and recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry.

“We have such a rich cultural and literary legacy in this region. Storytelling is part of who we are, and it is recognised as an invaluable skill, integral to both creative and professional industries. “

“What makes this programme unique is the support and one-to-one feedback students will receive from writing and creative practitioners,” - Tommy Weir teaches digital storytelling and video production on the programme.

“Not only will they be effective writers, they will have a skill set that readily transfers to other professional disciplines where clear communication and coherent, critical thinking are valued.”

The programme will also build on and link with the existing creative strands at IT Sligo in areas such as the Performing Arts.

“Our graduates will be collaborators, self-editors and critical thinkers who have had the opportunity to have their work realised on the page and performed on stage and film" - Dr Rhona Trench, Programme Chair of Performing Arts at IT Sligo.

”The Writing & Literature is applied and will be tailored to the writing interests and developing expertise of each student.”

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Maths is not a requirement to study the BA (Hons) in Writing and Literature.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in publishing, public relations, arts management, in film and television, the theatre, marketing, cultural tourism and event promotion, journalism, speech writing, teaching and facilitation. They can work as writers and will possess transferable skills enabling a wide range of opportunities in communications roles.

This programme has reached the Teaching Council Registration Curricular Subject Requirements to meet the requirements to apply to undertake the Professional Masters of Education programme to become a secondary school teacher of English.

Further Study

Graduates will be eligible to progress to a number of postgraduate degrees in Ireland and abroad including M.A.’s in Creative Writing, Journalism, English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Publishing. Other potential progression routes might include postgraduate work in Community Arts, Literary Tourism and the Professional Masters in Education.


"I think it is the only course that focuses on writing in English as a creative process, rather than an academic subject, so for the more artistically inclined people, it stands out. This course gave me great confidence in the field after just one year of study"

Blaithin Ryan, BA (Hons) in Writing & Literature


Did you know?

This programme is taught by established, award winning writers. Dr Una Mannion, Programme Chair is a published author and a recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry. 

This programme has reached the Teaching Council Registration Curricular Subject Requirements to meet the requirements to apply to undertake the Professional Masters of Education programme to become a secondary school teacher of English.

Mathematics is not an entry requirement for this course.

This programme is also offered fully online, facilitating wider access to this creative programme. All lectures will be delivered live online and students will be able to fully participate in group work and project work by means of innovative online supports. To view the online programme please follow this link SG254 BA (Hons) Writing and Literature (Online)